An Authorized Biography.
On September 5th 1997, as the world mourned the passing of Diana, Princess of Wales, came the news of a second devastating loss for humanity. At 87 years old, Mother Teresa of Calcutta had died.
Now for the first time, the full story of Mother Teresa's remarkable life can be told. Drawing on private conversations and letters previously unpublished, this authorized biography portrays a compassionate and saintly, though not flawless woman, who has become one of the best-known Christian figures of the twentieth century.
During her lifetime, Mother Teresa resisted having her biography written in full. In 1991 Kathryn Spink, who had known Mother Teresa and been involved with her mission for thirteen years, was given permission to proceed with a full account of her life's work. This powerful and compelling book is the result.
When Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she was described as being beyond criticism. This was not in fact the case. Her anti-abortion stance was uncompromising. Her view of the role of women in the family was traditional and sometimes considered constricting. Her work was devoted to the care of individuals, rather than to the root causes of poverty.
Kathryn Spink's book does not seek to avoid the criticisms, but also puts them in the wider context of an extraordinary and inspiring life.
Contains black and white photographs.